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  • 13 Jul
    PORTLAND, Ore. [b]New York Jets Jerseys[/b] . - Even LaMarcus Aldridge didnt feel well.Fending off a cold, Aldridge nonetheless had 26 points and 15 rebounds in Portlands 107-93 victory Sunday night over the Timberwolves, a game where the ill and injured seem to outnumber the healthy.The Timberwolves used just 10 players and two of them, Andrew Wiggins and Mo Williams, played even though they were ailing. Despite being shorthanded, they still kept the Blazers off balance.They were in a zone and we just didnt do a good job reading it, Aldridge said.Wesley Matthews added 23 points for the Blazers, including six 3-pointers for his third straight game with at least five 3-pointers. The Blazers led by as many as 16 points in the second half.Portland (13-4) was coming off a 112-99 loss to Memphis on Friday night that snapped a nine-game winning streak.In the end it looked like a good game, but it was a struggle for most of the night as far as just kind of getting into a rhythm, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. Minnesota did a good job of changing things up, going with a zone, so it was a game that I felt didnt have a lot of rhythm.Shabazz Muhammad came off the bench with a career-high 28 points for Minnesota, which used just nine players. The Timberwolves have won just four games this season, including a 120-119 win in Los Angeles over the Lakers on Friday.Injuries and illness have decimated the Timberwolves (4-11). The latest was rookie forward Andrew Wiggins, who played just under 19 minutes after he was a game-time decision with a flu-like illness. He sat out the entire fourth quarter.The Timberwolves were already playing without guards Ricky Rubio (left ankle) and Kevin Martin (fractured right wrist), and centres Nikola Petrovic (sprained right wrist) and Ronny Turiaf (right hip).Williams, who played last season for the Trail Blazers, was playing for Minnesota despite battling strep throat and pink eye. He finished with 21 points and 11 assists, playing 40 minutes.Im a team guy so Im going to do whatever it takes until we can get back healthy, Williams said, but added about his minutes: I feel it. I feel it right now.Portland was without guard Will Barton because of gastritis. Damian Lillard had also fought a bug earlier in the week.The Timberwolves went up 30-22 on the Blazers after Anthony Bennetts 21-foot jumper in the second quarter.Portland closed the gap and tied it 36-36 on Joel Freelands basket before pulling in front on Allen Crabbes 3-pointer. Aldridges buzzer-beating layup gave the Blazers the 48-40 lead at the half.The Blazers extended the lead to 61-48 on Wesley Matthews 3-pointer with 7:24 left in the third quarter. Portland had an 8-0 run to close out the quarter for a 75-61 lead.The Timberwolves closed within 89-80 on Gorgui Diengs short jumper with 6:46 left. Thadeus Youngs layup narrowed it to 91-84.Lillard hit a 3-pointer with 4:10 left to extend Portlands lead to 96-85. Lillard finished with 17 points.I though defensively our zone was good tonight, Minnesota coach Flip Saunder said. But they scored a lot of their offence out of our offence. We had some turnovers and some ill-advised shots, and they were able to score in those situations.___TIP INSTimberwolves: The NBA granted the Timberwolves a roster exemption so they could expand their roster to 16 players because of all the injuries. Minnesota signed free agent forward Jeff Adrien on Saturday to add some much-needed depth. Adrien is a 6-foot-8 power forward who averaged 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in 53 games with Milwaukee and Charlotte last year.Trail Blazers: It was Seahawks night at the Moda Center, and the Lombardi Trophy was on display. Seahawks owner Paul Allen also owns the Blazers.HAPPY 100th!It was Stotts 100thvictory as coach of the Blazers. I wish we could have gotten it against Memphis, he quipped.ALDRIDGES REBOUNDSWith 15 rebounds Sunday night, Aldridge moved into a tie with Buck Williams for the fourth-most career rebounds in franchise history, at 4,861. Following the game, when someone asked about passing Williams with one more rebound, Aldridge knocked on the wooden frame of his locker.QUOTABLE:We tried to give it all we had. We were out a lot of guys and thats a very good team. We gave it our all and I thought we did a pretty good job. -- Shabazz Muhammad.UP NEXTThe Timberwolves visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.The Trail Blazers visit the Denver Nugget on Tuesday night. [b]LaDainian Tomlinson Jets Jersey[/b] . Lineup news, Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking. HEROES Blake Comeau – The Penguins winger had a hat trick in a 4-3 overtime win against Toronto. [b]Jachai Polite Jersey[/b] . Coming off a 6-0 drubbing at Chelsea on Saturday, Arsenal endured another demoralizing result after rallying for a 2-1 lead -- only to concede a fluke equalizer.WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- AJ Allmendingers journey is almost complete. With a new contract, sponsor extensions and a solid one-car team at JTG Daugherty Racing, Allmendinger became a winner in Sprint Cup for the first time on a sombre Sunday, outdueling Marcos Ambrose in the final two laps at Watkins Glen International. "I dreamed about this moment and Im not going to forget it," said Allmendinger, making his 213th Cup start. "Its just a dream come true." The day began on a solemn note when three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart pulled out of the race 12 hours after he struck and killed 20-year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. in a race after Ward climbed from his car on a small dirt track in nearby Canandaigua. Allmendinger offered his condolences to the Ward family after he won, saying, "Were a community here, were thinking about you." "Its a tough time for everybody," Allmendinger said. "This NASCAR community, as a whole, were a family. When anything like that happens, its something that you dont get time to erase and forget about. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Ward family and what happened. "And it also goes to Tony. Its not like hes sitting there and forgetting about it." In a statement released during the race by a spokesman, Stewart said: "There arent words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. Its a very emotional time for all involved, and it is the reason Ive decided not to participate in todays race at Watkins Glen. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy." Regan Smith drove Stewarts car and finished 37th after having to start from the back of the 43-car field and getting caught in a late accident. It was the second straight time Stewart missed the race at The Glen, where he has a NASCAR-record five victories. Last year, he broke his leg in a sprint car accident in Iowa days before the Cup race and missed the rest of the season. Allmendingers life changed two years ago in the hours before the July race at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR officials had just kicked him out of the track, suspending Allmendinger indefinitely for failing a random drug test. The failed drug test sidelined him for more than three months and cost him his job with Penske Racing. It also spurred much soul searching, and after a handful of one-off Cup rides he eventually landed a full-time Cup ride last August with JTG Daugherty Racing. To break through the way Allmendinger did only added to the lore of this race, which has been decided four straight times by fender-banging dashes to the checkered flag. Ambrose won two of those and Kyle Busch the other. An expert road racer from his days in open-wheel, Allmendinger beat the best in Ambrose,, who has been dominant in NASCARs top two series at The Glen, also winning four straight Nationwide events. [b]Dennis Byrd Jersey[/b]. Ambrose was going for a weekend sweep after capturing the Zippo 200 on Saturday. "Im thrilled for AJ," said Ambrose, who drove for JTG Daugherty before Allmendinger. The victory made JTG Daugherty Racing eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, and Allmendinger isnt planning on stopping there. "Its huge to be in the Chase," he said. "I didnt want to just say, Just be there. We want to make some noise. To be able to say were a Chase team, were working hard and trying to get it back. When it comes to the Chase with the new format, it doesnt mean we cant get hot early. You dont have to be amazing for 10 races." Allmendinger held off Ambrose through the first two turns on the final restart and opened a lead after both cars bumped and won going away. "I try to get better every day. Im still not where I want to be," Allmendinger said. "I wouldnt want to go back and change the process. I wouldnt change a thing about this." There were three restarts in the decisive closing laps. Allmendinger got the jump on Ambrose in the first one with nine laps to go, but Jimmie Johnson was bumped in the first turn and his No. 48 spun around, collecting two other cars and precipitating a caution. The race restarted again with five laps left and both Ambrose and Allmendinger were side-by-side through the esses, banging against each other before Ambrose took the lead in the chicane as hes done so many times in the past, dirt flying as both cars hit the grass. Allmendinger wasnt done, regaining the lead on the next lap as he out-braked the Australian into Turn 1 before a crash involving Denny Hamlin caused another red flag with four laps left. The 90-lap race on the 2.45-mile layout was red-flagged for 1 hour, 21 minutes just past the midpoint after a violent crash involving Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell that involved three other cars. Newmans Chevrolet spun hard into the Armco barrier lining the track, ripping a big hole in the barriers metal. The car then spun around twice and went back across the racing surface, collecting McDowell in his No. 95, which incurred heavy damage in the rear. Newman, McDowell and Alex Bowman were treated in the infield care centre and released. Allmendinger gained the lead on Lap 64 after pit stops, with Kurt Busch and Ambrose close behind. Ambrose outbraked Busch into Turn 1 for second two laps later and set his sights on Allmendinger, who had a 2-second lead that was wiped out by the late stoppages. Jeff Gordon started from the pole and led the first 29 laps, holding Ambrose at bay. But Gordons engine died on lap 50 as he lost all power and couldnt get it refired, spoiling a promising day. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '